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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Jun 25, 2012 7:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: band I never heard of

RRE does a phenomenal cover of The Band's 'Acadian Driftwood'

http://archive.org/details/rre2012-02-10.akg481
http://archive.org/details/rre2011-10-06.mk4v.din.flac24
http://archive.org/details/rre2006-11-24

You shouldn't pass up a chance to see them - I've put a lot of miles on the car running from Va Beach to Richmond, Charlottesville and Raleigh to see them. John Skehan is a fantastic mandolin player and is one of the more melodic players out there.

I've never seen a bad show.

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Poster: Daddy D Date: Jun 26, 2012 3:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: band I never heard of

I just got back home from a four show RRE run (the SweetWater Brewery Tour). Honestly it should probably be illegal to have that much fun! A short tour review is here:

http://railroadearth.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&;t=1628

Shows aren't up on archive yet, but I assume a taper will post them soon. When/if they do, & check out the Charlotte & Charleston shows, they were really excellent. Depending upon your taste Charlotte might have been a better set list, but I thought they killed it in Charleston. Plus that's just a great city to visit...such nice southern hospitality & good food! Charleston reminds me of New Orleans (& smells better).

Sunday night's show was at a club on the beach in Jacksonville. The two people I was traveling & myself stayed in the club long after most everyone had left. Tropical storm Debby was in full force, so the wind was blowin' like hell, & at one point we thought we might have to spend the night at the club! The band was still there, too, so actually that wouldn't have been such a terrible thing... Got to talk to Skehan & Carbone a bit (seemingly very nice guys) & the lighting & sound crew were very cool & entertaining.

Here's a link to the show where RRE played Terrapin Station for the first time:

http://archive.org/details/rre2004-08-07.dsbd.shnf

And if you're into Jerry tunes, check out the Catfish John encore at this show (tracking is off, it's track 17. At the beginning of the song lot's of people are chatting in the background, but by the end everyone has shut up & you could have heard a pin drop.

http://archive.org/details/rre2005-04-06.flacf

And finally this is a show from earlier this year where Phil Lesh sat in with the band for three or four songs.

http://archive.org/details/RRE2012-03-10.RailroadEarthFillmoreSanFranciscoCa

I know we've all got different tastes, so many will disagree, I've seen a lot of shows & a lot of different bands, & IMHO RRE is the best band on the scene today. Every person in the band has mastered their instrument (OK, when it comes to Andy "instruments" plural), their musicianship is unbelievably consistent (they almost never have an off night), & nobody in the jam band scene today is in the same league as Todd when it comes to the ability to write a lyrically intelligent song. No one knows what the future holds, but he may prove to be the closest thing this generation will get to a Robert Hunter or Bob Dylan.

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Poster: user unknown Date: Jun 26, 2012 9:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: band I never heard of

you may want to check out Railroad Earth's "Railroad Jerry" Compilation

http://tinyurl.com/2axj4mu



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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Jun 26, 2012 8:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: band I never heard of

Gonna have to agree with you on this one. Todd is amazing. Check out his solo version of Girl From the North Country....I think Dylan would have approved.

http://archive.org/details/tsheaffer2004-05-29.shnf

Although I have struggled at times to adequately answer the "What kind of music do they play?" question that inevitably comes up. The best I've been able to do is a "bluegrassy, folksy, Americana-y, rootsy, ballad band"

I first saw them back in 2002-03 and they have really stretched their wings with where they are taking their music today. Elko is phenomenal, The Forecast and Mission Man are getting a lot of satellite play. Spring Heeled Jack is becoming their signature jam and in some RRE fan circles it's becoming their 'Drums and Space', "except it's good" - I actually heard that comment at Festy last fall.

http://archive.org/details/rre2011-10-07.mk4v.din.flac16